...when they HATE their player's picture on a card?
Take, for instance, this 2010 Topps Series 2 Luke Hochevar card. I do not like the photograph used on this card.
So, what is a player collector to do? That's right, collect the whole set.
I tracked down the black boarder parallel (#'d /59), the black SuperStoreSpecial variation, and the Topps Umbrella logo cards.
I bought multiple silk cards (#'d 12/50 and 34/50, respectively).
I picked up an eBay 1/1 Bronze parallel (#'d 001/399) just last week.
Incidentally, up until about two weeks ago I did not know that these bronze parallels existed. Then, while I was researching the Series 2 parallels on BaseballCardpedia, I saw that there was a bronze parallel. I'm sure I had encountered them previously, but mistook them for the gold variety. I did a search on eBay and found one listed in a BIN auction, threw the seller an offer, and a few days later this card was on my scanner.
And I can't forget about the 1/1 Platinum parallel that my mom bought for me for my birthday, can I?
And who wouldn't want the printing plates? It wouldn't be much of a collection without the printing plates.
These printing plates are my own version of the 2011 Topps "Spot the Error" cards.
A quick search of the BaseballCardpedia shows that I need a Gold parallel (#'d /2010), a Red parallel (#'d /299), and three more printing plates to complete the Series 2 set.
It also appears I need a refractor, a Superfractor, and the three remaining printing plates to finish off my Chrome rainbow.
It's bad enough that I have to wait until Series 2 to get my favorite player's cards, but do they have to rub it in by using such a horrible picture? Here's hoping that the 2011 presentation is a bit more palatable.
Also, I added a fourth wall-hanging card display to my basement wall today, which allowed me to do some rearranging and I discovered that I'm up to 162 unique Hochevar cards in my collection. Not too shabby for a years worth of collecting. Maybe someday I'll make a list of the ones I still need. But I doubt it.